~ Circa 1930’s De Luxe Eickhorn Third Reich Deutsche Jägerschaft Dagger ~
Here we have an incredibly interesting piece, an Eichhorn hunting dagger of a style usually found among the high society of Imperial Germany mainly among shooting or hunting clubs but also as a commemorative item.
This blade is emblazoned with the sign of the Deutsche Jägerschaft, the Reich Hunting Association, a very restricted club of hunters within the Third Reich due to the legal restrictions on hunting and animal welfare and due to the leader of the club being Herman Goering. This may have been a private purchase but the badge of the Deutsche Jägerschaft was usually silver, the polished gold would suggest it was a prize for a hunting competition.
The blade, whilst more of a large hunting knife, follows the style of the earlier hunting cutlasses or hangers of Germany with an ‘S’ guard and an additional ornate clam shell guard suggesting it’s transition away from the hunting sword and to a shorter blade. The longer bladed versions (standard blade was 13.4 inches) were a standard pattern Deluxe Deutsche Jägerschaft.
The blade is Solingen steel with frost etched scenes of the hunt on either side, showing a huntsman shooting deer, hounds chasing down animals and birds in flight all within an oak leaf pattern.
The fittings are all silvered and expertly made.
The pommel has an oak leaf design with an acorn hiding the peened construction. The ‘S’ guard has been designed to look like opposed stags legs and the clamshell guard has a game fowl on a branch motif.
The makers mark has some wear but is still clearly visible. It reads ‘original’, ‘Eickhorn Solingen’, along with a squirrel holding a blade which was the logo and also the meaning of Eickhorn.
The grip is made from carved antler angled almost to make a pistol grip and has a small Deutsche Jägerschaft plaque in what appears to be polished gold.
The scabbard and frog are both good quality green leather, the scabbard having silvered fittings, the mouth of the scabbard having an acorn catch to hold it into the frog and the tip having a stag bugling.
The rivets in the frog are brass and the stitching is still intact.
The original felt liner is still in place.
~ Dimensions ~
The dagger and sheath weigh 730 g.
The blade length is 10.25 inches (26 cm).
The dagger from pommel to point is 16.5 inches (42 cm).
The guard is 3.75 inches (9.5 cm) from end to end.
The grip from guard to pommel is 5.75 inches (14.5 cm).
The sheath is 11.5 inches (29 cm) long.
The frog is 8.6 inches (22 cm) long.
~ Condition ~
Overall the blade is in very good condition.
The leather is still very supple, there is a patch of very minor wear on the leather frog where the guard touches it.
There is some very minor speckling on the blade on the side with the makers mark clearly visible in the pictures.
The stitching is in very good condition.
~ Postage ~
Postage will be £18 to the UK or you can pick it up from our Portsmouth shop.